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  1. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 2 hours ago

    What does she mean, “We can’t keep up with the payouts”? Surely the track runs a parimutuel system, doesn’t it? I can’t imagine that any track would be using fixed odds. Under the parimutuel system, total payouts are never as high as the total bets. The actual odds are calculated once all bets are in. The strip yesterday showed an odds board outside the betting windows, but that has to be updated as the betting progresses.

    JonahHex, you posted almost the same thing I did while I was writing mine. I didn’t see that till after I posted.

    (Typo: In the first panel, I think “unnecessary” needs one more “n”)

  2. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 3 hours ago

    …thought Angus wasn’t INTO gambling…..and Sparkplug’s movie fee was going to eliminate the need to race him

    Since he apparently runs a racetrack, Angus seems to be into gambling. He just doesn’t like his payments to be gambled away. Now that we know he runs the track, it’s no wonder he knows that Kolossal was gambling with Angus’s money.

    Kolossal told Angus that Sparkplug wouldn’t have to race, but that obviously was never Kolossal’s intention. That story is just a ruse to lead Angus away from the truth. I’m sure that Mr. Angus can’t be fooled that easily, especially not when some long-shot horse won by three lengths! That should make it to the front page of the racing papers. If you’re trying to commit fraud, you’d best not call attention to yourself like that.

  3. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 3 hours ago

    In all the discussion yesterday about references to the Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello, I didn’t even mention Quick Draw McGraw:

  4. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 13 hours ago

    Following up my previous comment, I’m sticking with Abbott and Costello. In their 1943 film, It Ain’t Hay, a climactic scene involves Bud Abbott’s character placing a $100 bet on a horse that supposedly isn’t even running, but which (as far as he knows) is actually posing as another horse in the race. The film was not available on video until 5 years ago, due to legal issues with the estate of the writer of the story, Damon Runyon. The bet in the film has 100:1 odds but there are enough parallels to the current Dick Tracy story ($100 bet, horse entered under a different name) for me to count that as a reference.

  5. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 14 hours ago

    But who are the other two dudes? They look familiar, but for the life of me, I can’t come up with their names!

    I best guess, though I’m really not quite convinced, is Abbott and Costello:

    It’s true that they often wore bowler hats, but certainly not always, and if only one was wearing a hat, it would be Lou Costello.

  6. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 14 hours ago

    Ok, the writers have been all over the place recently. I wonder how all this ties in to the next Tracy caper?

    I think this is all about the current caper, which is still being set up, to some extent, not to what I’d call the “next” one. Someone (sorry, I forgot who) correctly guessed yesterday that Angus’s horse was being entered as a “ringer.” It’s still not certain, but today’s events are further confirmation.

  7. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Thirty to one? Hmmm, I think Kolossal said that Angus was going to get 5 times what he owed him. On the other hand, if a bunch of people start betting on the long shot, the odds will increase.

  8. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    I don’t think that Scott knows that Kolossal is a crook, but he does know that the cash flow is uncertain.

  9. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Kolossal is going to enter that horse in a race!

    It hadn’t thought of that, but now that you mention it, I’d be willing to bet on it. :) I’m almost certain that’s what will happen. By throwing the race, substituting Sparkplug for some longshot horse, Kolossal stands to make a huge fraudulent gambling win. It’s all coming together!

  10. Neil Wick commented on Gasoline Alley 2 days ago

    If anything gets out that Nina didn’t want, it’s her own fault.